Anyone who has taught preschoolers will tell you that it is a challenge. While they are cute, funny and often eager to learn, preschoolers are also energetic, active and often difficult to keep on any particular task for more than a few minutes at a time.
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That is why it takes a special kind of teacher and special ideas for your ESL preschool class to work. Games, stories and songs are the perfect answer to the challenge of teaching preschool ESL classes.
For this reason it is very important to find good materials, tips and suggestions that help you preparing your ESL sessions.
First, I would like to recommend “Preschool Teaching” an article written by Sandee McHugh-McBride and Judie Haynes, and published in everythingEsl.net. In this you will find themes, lessons, and materials to implement in your preschool classes, as well as some ideas to effectively teach the ELLs in your preschool class. It is worth to devote some time for the reading and for to do some research through the links they propose.
And second, do not miss this blog I especially like from a Venezuelan teacher, Rosa Amelia, in which you can find hundreds of resources, most of them made by her.
There is a complete explanation on how to use each resource and links to
teacherspayteachers.com for downloading them.
Due to the cut out of expenses and investment in public education, and the lack of time to plan and carry a successful session with very young learners, I think we, teachers, must do a "perfect" exercice of imagination to save time and effort preparing and sharing materials.
It is a good way to start with!